November 2-3, 2011

BREAKBULK AFRICA TRANSPORT CONGRESS

Agenda

Africa: Land of Opportunity
Despite its long history of violence and instability, Africa’s three major regions – North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa –have made great strides in recent decades to become significant drivers in global economic expansion. Recent political chaos in North Africa has disrupted transportation services and halted industrial projects. With Asian demand for Africa’s natural resources creating new trade lanes for breakbulk and project cargo, many Sub-Saharan & South African nations are increasingly viewed as a land of opportunity.

Speakers at the Africa Transport Congress Nov. 2-3 in Bremen, Germany, will discuss how ports operate in Africa, infrastructure developments, breakbulk transportation bottlenecks, China’s investment in Africa, and challenges of doing business in Africa.

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Wednesday, November 02
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Registration


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Foyer


9:00 am - 9:15 am
Welcoming Remarks


Consul Hans-Joachim Schnitger, member of chairmanship of VIA BREMEN e.V.
Janet Plume, Content Director, Breakbulk Events & Magazine


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


9:15 am - 10:00 am
Keynote: Trade Volumes Shift Toward Emerging Markets


The dynamic economic development of the emerging markets will fundamentally change world trade by 2030. The hubs of global flows of goods as well as trade routes will shift towards the so-called emerging markets within the next 20 years. Competition for the large transportation contracts of the future, i.e. the goods traffic between Asia and Africa and other upcoming routes, will be determined within the next few years. Klaus-Dieter Ruske, PwC's global transportation and logistics leader, will discuss these trends and how Africa is positioned in that reorganisation.

Klaus-Dieter Ruske, Global Transportation & Logistics Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


10:00 am - 11:00 am
SpeedMeetings


Sessions of structured meeting time in which attendees move quickly from introduction to identifying business opportunities.

Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Panel 1: Bottlenecks at Borders


Moving breakbulk and project cargo across inland borders in Sub-Saharan Africa can cost shipments expensive time delays. Where are the worst border problems, what causes them and what can be done to avoid them? Speakers will discuss how to overcome infrastructure, geographic and regulatory challenges in moving breakbulk and project cargo across inland borders.

Moderator: Laurance Langdon, Group Projects Logistics Manager, GAC Project Logistics
Deanne DeVries, Vice President Africa, Agility
Ian Treder,Owner, African Logistics
Jan Elsemans, Regional Metals Trader Manager, SDV - Bollore' Africa Logistics


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Networking Luncheon



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Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Dome Hall


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Panel 2: Public or Private Future for West Africa's Ports?


Which breakbulk and project cargo ports in West Africa are the most efficient? Has the privatization of any African port led to increased productivity in the handling of breakbulk and project cargo? What port projects are under way or about to begin in ports such as Dakar, Senegal; and Conakry, Guinea?

Moderator: Steve Rickards, Region Director Africa Logistics, Baker Hughes Co. Ltd.
Ilse Fliege, President and Owner, Bremen Overseas Chartering and Shipping GmbH
Arie ter Veen, Managing Director, Africa Port Services Ltd.
Philippe Leveilley, Projects Director, Bolloré Ports & Logistics
Franz Hoerberg, Project Manager, Inros Lackner AG


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Panel 3: North Africa Politics and Projects


Cargo is moving in Egypt, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia and is beginning to move in Libya as ports, embassies, banks and businesses slowly reopen. Much of the region remains extremely volatile, as recent rioting in Egypt and uneasiness surrounding Tunisia’s upcoming elections demonstrates. Some carriers have reinstated calls to Libya and oil is flowing again but fighting continues and difficulties abound. Transportation providers must assess the risks of business interruption and carefully weigh their decisions regarding North Africa.

Moderator: Janet Nodar, Editor, Breakbulk Magazine and Breakbulk.com
Ralf Kaptein, Managing Director, Sloman Neptun Shipping & Transport GmbH
Eduard Dubbers-Albrecht, Managing Partner, Ipsen Logistics GmbH
Dimitri Laurent, Operations and Sales Coordinator North Africa, Sarens NV


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SpeedMeetings


Sessions of structured meeting time in which attendees move quickly from introduction to identifying business opportunities.

Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Panel 4: Best Practices for Getting Paid: LOCs and Other Guarantees


In an emerging market such as Africa, the clash between politics and profits poses multiple threats. Breaches of contract, sudden regulatory changes, and transfer and convertibility restrictions can threaten a cargo move's success. What guarantees are the best procedure for ensuring payments and transactions are completed and on time? Speakers will discuss the risks and rewards of using these financial instruments.

Moderator: Baidy Agne, Managing Director, Somicoa-Smith+Krafft
Raphael Castro, Projects Cargo, Alship Navegaçáo
Fritz Grobien, Director African Operations, Plexus Cotton Ltd.
Bernd Kloppenborg, Vice President, Die Sparkasse Bremen AG


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


5:00 pm - 5:10 pm
Closing Remarks


Janet Plume, Content Director, Breakbulk Events and Magazine


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


5:30 pm - 5:45 pm
Buses Depart for Welcome Reception


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Lobby


6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Welcome Reception


Location: Bremer Ratskeller


Thursday, November 03
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Registration


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Foyer


9:00 am - 9:15 am
Opening Remarks


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


9:15 am - 10:00 am
Keynote: China's Investment in Africa


Virginia Moore, Managing Director, Younger Niche Logistics, and
Co-founder, OSL Shipping


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


10:00 am - 11:00 am
SpeedMeetings


Sessions of structured meeting time in which attendees move quickly from introduction to identifying business opportunities.

Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Panel 5: South Africa's Need for Infrastructure and Power Generation


The building of power generation capacity is under way in South Africa, and new projects are starting in all areas. Large volumes of breakbulk and project cargo are moving to support this growth, but can the port infrastructure handle it? Speakers will discuss how the impediments to implementing these projects are placing the economic development of the country at risk, and what port infrastructure is needed to expedite cargo.

Moderator: Janet Plume, Content Director, Breakbulk Magazine and Events
Hendriette Theron-Instinsky, Global Business Development Officer Europe/Africa, BBC Chartering
David Mandy, Account Manager, ALE-Heavylift
Fanie Pretorius, Manager Warehousing & Cataloging, Corporate Procurement & Logistics, ArcelorMittal South Africa; and Chairman, South Africa Shippers Council
Vonani Ntlhabyane, Shipping Manager, Eskom Holdings SOC Limited


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Networking Luncheon


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Dome Hall


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Panel 6: Identifying Reliable Partners in Africa


Foreign companies that want to successfully ship breakbulk and heavy-lift cargo in and out of Africa must have a "boots-on-the-ground" presence at local Africa ports, where poor infrastructure and government agencies almost guarantee bottlenecks at every link in the supply chain on African soil. Speakers will discuss how foreign transportation providers can identify reliable local partners and representatives to ensure cargo movement proceeds as smoothly as possible.

Moderator: Patrick Guillou, Director Business Development for Industrial Projects Africa, Geodis Wilson
Thorsten Grams, Director Business Development & Operations Global, Jas Projects, a division of JAS Forwarding GmbH
Jens Hesner Jensen, General Manager Business Development, Safmarine MVP
Joost Kleeblad, Director Africa Deptartment, Spliethoff
Thierry Davaille, Managing Director, Sivom Group
Deanne de Vries, Vice President Africa, Agility


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Panel 7: Maximizing Security for the Piracy Pandemic


Can an intelligence-based security strategy work in the war on piracy? Speakers will describe current strategies for combating piracy, ranging from what vessel operators are doing to work being done at the local, national and international levels.
Moderator: Cor Radings, Director, MTI Network
Suzanne Williams, Maritime Violence Crisis Manager, Sue Williams International
Harmen Hoek, Attorney, Hoek Advocatuur B.V.
Juergen Hahn, Sworn Average Adjuster, Stichling Hahn Hilbrich GmbH
Capt. Sanjay Dewan,Director & Head of HSEP, Vetting & Training DPA and CSO, Harren & Partner Ship Management GmbH & Co. KG
Stein Are Hansen, Assistant Director - Customer Services, Norwegian Hull Club


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
SpeedMeetings


Sessions of structured meeting time in which attendees move quickly from introduction to identifying business opportunities.

Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


4:00 pm - 4:10 pm
Closing Remarks


Janet Plume, Content Director, Breakbulk Events and Magazine


Location: Park Hotel Bremen, Saal 3 Room


Wednesday, August 08
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm


Networking Coffee Break

Location: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town


3:15 pm - 3:45 pm
Networking Coffee Break


Location: Southern Sun Cape Sun Hotel, Cape Town


Wednesday, October 10
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Networking Coffee Break


For conference delegates only

Location: Geroge R. Brown Convention Center - TBA


Thursday, October 11
11:15 am - 11:45 am
Networking Coffee Break


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